MSHA Offers Electrical Safety Best Practices

Three recent electrocutions in mines prompted the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to issue a “Safety Alert” featuring tips to help prevent electricity-related accidents.

Over the last two months, an electrician and two miners working in underground coal mines were electrocuted and hospitalized. The electrician was repairing a “continuous mining machine cable with the circuit breaker close and the cable coupler connected to the receptacle.” The two miners were electrocuted as they worked with and in wet, damp conditions.

To help prevent electrocution, MSHA recommends that miners:

  • Do not perform any electrical work until the circuit is deenergized, locked, and tagged out.
  • Be knowledgeable of electrical hazards and NEVER touch any ungrounded electrical component until certain it is deenergized.
  • Identify all hazards then develop and follow a safe plan to perform the work to ensure the safety of all miners who are involved in the task. Conduct electrical measurements to test for unwanted electrical power, especially in wet or muddy areas.
  • Always handle deenergized cable instead of energized cable, or wear properly rated and well maintained electrical gloves when handling energized cables.
  • Conduct complete and thorough examinations on all electrical equipment to include hand- over-hand examinations of deenergized electrical cables.
  • Protect electrical cables from damage by mobile equipment and falling roof. When cable damage is suspected, immediately notify a qualified electrician so a potentially dangerous condition can be corrected.
  • Install sensitive ground fault relays with instantaneous trip setting of 125 mA or less on all face equipment. Use trailing cables with a grounded metallic shield.

OSHA Holds Second Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will host the second “Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down” from May 4th to May 15th. Throughout the two-week event, workers and business owners will devote time at work to discuss a variety of safety topics, including demonstrations of how to work with safety harnesses, guard rails, and other fall-prevention equipment.

The stand-down aims to highlight falls in construction, which are the main cause of fatality in the industry and the most frequently cited OSHA violation. Last year’s stand-down drew tens of thousands of employers and over 1 million workers. OSHA hopes to triple these figures in May.

OSHA relaunched its National Safety Stand-Down website that shows how to “conduct a Stand-Down” and secure a certificate of participation. The website will also provide, as soon as it is available, a list of stand-down events that are free and open to the public.

For more information, read the OSHA press release.

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Study: Vehicle Safety Improvements Have Saved 600,000+ Lives

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year.

Read more about heart disease, heart attack symptoms and prevention efforts.

Patients who receive bystander CPR have almost four times the survival rate of those who do not. Share the below CPR infographic to remind employees of the proper steps.

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OSHA Redesigns Whistleblower Protection Page

Physical inactivity at work may increase the risk of heart disease and obesity, among other conditions, but a recent study finds only low-quality or inconclusive evidence of the effectiveness of interventions aiming to reduce sitting time at work.

The study, published in the Cochrane Library, examined eight different interventions including the use of sit-stand desks, computer prompts, walking during breaks, information and counseling to sit less, and mindfulness training.

The findings of the study were:

  • A sit-stand desk did decrease sitting time by 113 minutes each work day; and this occurred with or without information counselling. However, the evidence is of very “low” quality.
  • Walking during breaks did not considerably decrease sitting time.
  • Computer prompting produced mixed results; in one study, it helped reduce sitting, but in another, it did not.

The study pointed out that high-quality research is needed to properly evaluate such interventions, and that other measures could prove to be more effective.

For more information, view the abstract.

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